FARE THEE WELL, BERTHA
To husband Amon, he has lost a friend. To the children a legend has exited from their midst.
To the section an avenue for some snacks and cakes has gone. To the RRW, an advisor and a disciplined prayerful woman has joined her erstwhile colleagues in the Heavens, leaving them bereft of the soul that reminded them of the essence of faith.
To the church, a symbol of resilience and dedication has laid a marker for others to follow.
The youth class of the 90s saw a woman of valour who moulded them into the responsible people they are now.
They rolled back the years with a salute on the gravesite.
An epitome of love best describes the life and character of the late Bertha Mvundura (nee Matimba) who passed away on Monday and was laid to rest this afternoon at Greendale Cemetery.
Cranborne, family, relatives and friends returned that love by filling the place she and other luminaries helped found 31 years ago.
That was the mark of a true farewell and final salutation to a heroine.
Former pastors Retired Reverend Maxwell Chambara, Reverend Matthew Mutidzawanda and Reverend Cecil Mudede, a youth protege from Cranborne, Retired Reverend Lovemore Nyanungo, Reverend Saburi all joined Cranborne in bidding its beloved icon goodbye.
Harare East District Superintendent Reverend Oscar Mukahanana joined at the gravesite.
Former Administrative Assistant to the Bishop Retired Reverend Zebediah Marowangepo gave the keynote sermon in which he urged the church to emulate the tireless sacrifices made by Bertha in standing in faith and in ministry till the very end.
Bertha Mvundura was born on 20 July 1945 at Mutambara Mission where she did her education before marrying Amon Paradzayi Mvundura in 1967.
Between 1980 and 2000, she worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and worked for the Zimbabwean embassy in Namibia from 2002 to 2005.
She was a founding member at Cranborne Circuit alongside her husband and was part of the Entertainment (now Catering and Hospitality) committee at circuit, district and conference level.
She also served in the SPPR Committee and was a long time mother advisor to the circuit UMYF and RRW.
She has been interred this afternoon at Greendale Cemetery and is survived by her husband Amon and four children.
GO WELL, OUR ICON, OUR HEROINE, OUR LEGEND